ModCloth Presents: The Great Holiday Caper!

‘Twas the holiday season, and all through the city,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a kitty.
The Mod dresses were hung up in closets with care,
And many stylish girls would soon choose them to wear.
Blue, Keith, and Rad were nestled snug in their beds,
While visions of bacon danced in their heads.
And Susan in her statement coat, and Eric in his tee,
Were just heading out to a fabulous soiree,
When out on the street there arose such a clatter,
They swiftly sprang up to see what was the matter.
Away to the window they flew in a hurry,
And flung open the curtains, brows knitted with worry.
The December moon illuminated the icy scene below,
Making Winston’s little footprints apparent in the snow.
But his prints were not alone on the frozen, white ground,
For there were a second set of prints that Susan soon found.
“Who would take Winston? Oh, my poor little pug!”
She exclaimed as Eric enveloped her in a hug.
Now, the scene is set, and it’s up to you to discover,
Who would steal Winston — you’re the detective, ModLover.
Every other day, five descriptions will contain clues,
And you must read each one to uncover the secrets of this ruse.
When, where, why, how, and who will be revealed,
And as for the winning email — a prize it will yield!
When you believe you’ve uncovered the correct sequence of events,
Email it to and then wait in suspense.
On December 18th, we’ll announce the randomly selected winner,
And the prize they’ll receive is enough to make anyone a grinner.
So, keep track of the answers and a $100 gift card could be yours,
But most of all, we want Winston back — he’s the pug everyone adores!

Begin your search now through today’s Caper clues for the answer to “When?”
Through December 16th, items with the contest badge will divulge hints again!

The Great Holiday Caper is sure to spread cheer,
But first you can read the official ModRules right here.


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    Sarita 12/07/2009 at 4:07 pm #

    If this story were true, it would break my heart! Having my little maltese stolen is my worst nightmare. : (

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    Julie 12/07/2009 at 4:20 pm #

    wow, the poem alone is brilliant!!!!!

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    Richard 12/07/2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Yeah, this is totes cool! How fun!

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    Julie 12/07/2009 at 4:24 pm #

    pure. genius. i know i commented once, but that wasn’t enough

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    Joe 12/07/2009 at 4:29 pm #


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    Danielle 12/07/2009 at 4:37 pm #

    Oooooo, I’m so excited!

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    Jean 12/07/2009 at 4:38 pm #

    this is adorable.

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    Christina 12/07/2009 at 4:52 pm #

    Aw! I love Winston. And love the poem. Can’t wait for this contest!

    (Sorry posted twice, email was incorrect the first time. Feel free to remove.)

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    caroline 12/07/2009 at 5:06 pm #

    we’ll save you, winston!

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    Courtney 12/07/2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Poor Winston! But what a fun idea!!

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    C 12/07/2009 at 5:48 pm #

    This is so fun! Great poem! Im trying to figure out when, i really want to win this!

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    Tamara 12/07/2009 at 6:04 pm #

    I’m a little confused. Do we email for each one separately or all together at the end?

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    raven 12/07/2009 at 6:13 pm #

    i cant wait for all the clues

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    Alicia 12/07/2009 at 6:16 pm #

    Just to make sure…. should we send one email for each thing (one email for when, one email for why, etc.)? Or should we send one large email at the end that gives all of our answers?

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    Kristen 12/07/2009 at 6:29 pm #

    Love the idea, this should be fun! Question though, one e-mail for each answer or just one e-mail with all the answers?

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    Anna 12/07/2009 at 6:31 pm #

    Sounds like loads of fun but I’m confused. Is a clue revealed every time 5 descriptions are posted? If so, does that mean there’s a clue today?

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    Natalie 12/07/2009 at 6:37 pm #

    Hi Anna!

    For every 5 products, which will be posted every other day (excluding the weekend), one piece of the mystery will be revealed! For example – today the five products reveal “When?”

    The question they’re answering will be in capital letters within the descriptions, so keep your eyes peeled!

    -Natalie B.

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    katy 12/07/2009 at 6:42 pm #

    are we supposed to wait until we know where, when, why, how, AND who before we email in?

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    celia 12/07/2009 at 6:50 pm #

    you are such a talented poet, i’ll try to get your pug back, i love him!

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    Natalie 12/07/2009 at 6:51 pm #

    Hi Katy!

    Yes, please send the email when you know the entire correct sequence.

    We will post an update on the Caper on Monday, 12/14, and we’ll give you an example of how to word the final sequence in your email to which will serve as your entry to win the gift card! 🙂

    Good luck!

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    Amber 12/07/2009 at 6:54 pm #

    Clever contest and a wonderful spin off the night before christmas poem! Love it, and the clues are cleverly written too. also, I have the same question as katy above, we are waiting til we have all of the clues before we send in our answer I would assume?

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    lexi 12/07/2009 at 7:13 pm #

    oooh great rhyming poem/story/night before christmas thing!!! and i can’t wait to start looking for clues!!

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    emily 12/07/2009 at 7:18 pm #

    i am exited sbout this contest! i am just wondering, what decides who wins? is it the first correct e-mail?

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    Kelley 12/07/2009 at 7:19 pm #

    Thanks for this awesome contest!

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    Tatianna 12/07/2009 at 8:22 pm #

    this is so fun! i love it!

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    vanessa Aleman 12/07/2009 at 8:39 pm #

    great poem. i have a pug and two pit bulls and they are all the very best of friends i dont know who would be sadder me or them if one of them were lost. yikes!

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    nicole 12/07/2009 at 9:13 pm #

    how fun! 🙂

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    Annette 12/07/2009 at 9:37 pm #

    I was just wondering if someone could please explain to me what to do. It looks like a lot of fun, but I’m just not quite sure what to do. Please tell me if this is correct: the five items give clues to when Winston disappeared and we have to infer from the descriptions the time he went missing?
    Thank you very much and have a wonderul Christmas!
    Love Annette

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    Em 12/07/2009 at 9:54 pm #

    I have a question…
    Does the first person to email with the correct answer win? Or is it an lottery-type-thing where the correct answers are put in a lottery and one is chosen by random?

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    Kaitlin Romro 12/07/2009 at 9:56 pm #

    UMM, hi I was just wondering if you are under 18, it says you must have parents consent. Do they have to sign something or what?Because I know they will let me im just not sure what they need to do?

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    Natalie 12/07/2009 at 9:58 pm #

    Hi Annette!

    The five items listed today do indeed tell you “when” Winston went missing. On 12/9, 12/11, 12/14, and 12/16, groups of 5 items (per each day) will be posted in our “new arrivals” and they will provide the clues to answer the additional questions listed above (where, how, why, and who). To play, you must keep track of the answers to each of those question, then email us the correct sequence of events, i.e. “Winston was taken at x time, while at x…”

    Hope that cleared it up! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us at! 🙂

    -Natalie B.

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    Charis 12/07/2009 at 10:14 pm #

    This is fantastic 🙂
    Winston will definitely be found will all these amazing Modlovers to help!

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    Emily 12/07/2009 at 11:53 pm #

    I didn’t know you had to wait to email the whole thing so i emailed the when already. Can i still do the whole contest and email the whole thing all over again at the correct time?

    thanks Emily

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    Sam 12/08/2009 at 2:15 am #

    This is going to be SO much fun! And the prize isn’t bad either ;).

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    Ellie 12/08/2009 at 3:16 am #

    This is going to be so much! I can’t wait to figure out all the pieces to Winston’s puzzling disappearance!

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    Natalie 12/08/2009 at 10:27 am #

    Hi Emily!

    You sure can email again once the final clue is revealed on the 16th!

    -Natalie B.

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    Amy 12/08/2009 at 2:28 pm #

    “tee” and “soiree?”

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    nicole 12/08/2009 at 5:35 pm #

    hey amy – that’s a lot of rhyming to take on! this is all for fun, too, sooo, i’m pretty sure they weren’t trying to publish this in a holiday rhyme anthology. would you care to provide us with a 34 line poem about winston being stolen? but, i’m sure you have better things to do…

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    Leche' 12/08/2009 at 5:45 pm #

    This is great…love love love the poem can’t wait for the next clue

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    belinda 12/08/2009 at 6:14 pm #

    Can the pug be the prize? He’s sssooo cute

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    Janielynn 12/08/2009 at 11:48 pm #

    lol well if THIS doesnt get me on Santa’s ‘Nice’ list i dont know what will! 😀 (by the way, nice job with the poem! thats really cool that you took the time to dole all that out. im sure that got YOU on the nice list, too.)thanks! 🙂

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    Ellen 12/09/2009 at 7:09 am #

    Man, this is so much fun, I’m in exams, this contest surely makes my day. Poor Winston!

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    lindsey 12/09/2009 at 6:39 pm #

    that poem! pure genius. great contest idea.

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    Jeremy 12/09/2009 at 7:48 pm #

    Re: Tee/Soiree

    Because it’s a language “poor in rhyme” (as opposed to romance languages; for example, Italian), there are many different kinds of rhymes in English. One of these is the “eye rhyme” where the rhymer associates words based on spelling rather than sound. Clever work by the writer here to recognize the challenges and possibilities presented by the English language.

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    Natalie 12/09/2009 at 9:09 pm #

    jeremy, you are a gentleman and a scholar. 🙂

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    katie 12/12/2009 at 12:28 am #

    i will search high and low and rack my brain to win! how delightful 🙂
    merry christmas!!

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    nichole 12/13/2009 at 6:29 am #

    this is so exciting! i cant wait to find them all!

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    Abby 12/13/2009 at 4:06 pm #

    i missed the clues on Dec 09 what do i do?

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    Emily 12/15/2009 at 11:02 pm #

    you said that on the 14th you would post how to word it. I can’t find where? and so how do you word it? also… when does the contest end.. the 16th??

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    terri 12/17/2009 at 5:20 pm #

    whats the email address we went our submissions to?

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    Tabitha 12/22/2009 at 12:06 am #

    This is soo much fun! I sent my e-mail in and was just wondering when we find out who won?

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    Britani 12/30/2009 at 4:36 pm #

    What was the answer?? I seemed to have missed the opportunity to send an e-mail in by a long shot. 🙁

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    Kelly 01/05/2010 at 9:31 pm #

    They never posted the directions on how to word the email, but I sent one anyway, and then they never announced a winner or anything at all. I guess the contest fizzled out.

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    Natalie B. (ModCloth) 06/21/2010 at 3:27 pm #

    The winner was announced right here on Dec 18th:


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